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Truvada whore: Taking the sting out of stigma

Tuvada: Consider it the one of the most misunderstood drugs currently on the market.

The head of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation calls it a "party drug," a reporter for Huffington Post poses it as a drug for "whores," users of it, meanwhile, are owning their "Truvada whore" label. They've fashioned it into a T-shirt design and hashtag, even. To say the messages are mixed is an understatement.

Clearing through the fog, the question at hand is this: What is this controversial drug? What is a "Truvada whore"?

What is Truvada?

Truvada is the pill that's exterminating HIV antigens in HIV-negative individuals.

It's a big deal.

Truvada is a two-in-one anti-retroviral drug that's been consumed as treatment for those who are HIV-positive since 2004. In tech-speak, it combines tenofovir and emtricitabine, two nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTI) that prevent the conversion process when the HIV virus attempts to take over a cell and replicate it as virus-infected. It's like sending in covert agents to healthy cells to fend off burglars.

Read the full story on Philly Voice HERE.